PDA News – Gotive H41 Win CE.NET PDA, ACT! For Pocket PC, PPCs Gain Share in Japan, Another Watch Phone

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The design of this new CE.NET device is very unique

This one is just plain odd. If you ever feel like PDAs are getting cookie cutter, from a design perspective, you’ll find this latest offering to be quite refreshing.

So, it’s not really a PDA, it’s a WEP, Wireless Enterprise Communicator. While it’s huge for a PDA, it’s small for a laptop. From their site:

Gotive H41 has been developed for users for whom finger rather than stylus operation is more appropriate for a mobile device. Finger operable QWERTY touch screen keyboard and programmable ActionKeys deliver true “anywhere” usability. Gotive H41 is sealed for protection against windblown rain and dust and is able to withstand multiple drops on a hard surface….

The H41 has a pretty impressive feature set, with one obvious omission, there is no WiFi or Bluetooth. Here is the spec sheet:

Ultimate Mobile Solution
integrated onboard
GSM/GPRS (Wireless data/voice)
GPS (Global Positioning System)
BCR (Bar Code Reader)
plus free CF Card slot (802.11 WLAN, …)

Large Easy to Read Colour LCD

1/2 VGA 640×240 pixels (153×58 mm)
can be read indoors & outdoors

Big Touchscreen Keyboard
finger operable QWERTY keyboard
flexible key configuration
signature capture capability

Portrait & Landscape Operation
software switchable
ergonomically shaped case

True One Hand Operation
free programmable ActionKeys positioned on the side
secure grip

GPS Navigation&Localisation
point of activity localisation
satellite navigation system

GSM/GPRS Phone
data/voice/sms communication
dual band (900/1800)
instant access to corporate network

Ruggedised
weather and drop resistant
unbreakable connectors

Long-Term Performance
Li-Ion battery with high power capacity
on screen battery charge level indicator

To pick up more information on the Gotive, check out their site. At this time there are no plans to release this device in the US.

Best Software has announced ACT! for Pocket PC is now available


From their site:

ACT! Link for Pocket PC is the fastest, easiest way to access and update your ACT! information with your Pocket PC. Your ACT! contact information is synchronized with Pocket Outlook to ensure contact details are with you at all times. Manage your schedule by synchronizing your ACT! activities. And, stay on top of your ACT! to-do items when you’re away from your desk! ACT! Link for Pocket PC integrates seamlessly with ACT! 6.0 while synchronizing your ACT! data directly through Microsoft ActiveSync. With ACT! Link for Pocket PC, you’ll always have your ACT! information at hand – whether in the office or on the go.

You may download the software for $35 or but the media for $40. More information and purchasing options at at the Best site.

Pocket PC PDAs are on the rise in Japan according to the latest study

According to Dataquest, Pocket PCs picked up 12% in market share in Japan last year. The chart below illustrates the change.

From a Babelfish translation:

2002 years, due to the increase of the PocketcPc on-board product, the premier position is recaptured from the Palm OS where the Windows CE system which includes the same OS occupies 49.0% of the whole shipment, in 2001 transfers 1 rank at narrow margin. the Palm OS drops share due to the influence of inventory glut of 2001 year shipment amount and the business reduction of the part vendor. Concerning the individual OS, from the fact that sharp changes the on-board OS of the leading product to the Linux from the summer of 2002, share is reduced to 2002 largely.

Now that we’re all crystal clear on this, feel free to see the report, in Japanese.

Wristomo is the latest watch phone that is coming out soon

We will not see this one in the US, but it’s fun to see what’s going on in the world. NTT DoCoMo is bringing this latest watch phone to market. Check out these pictures:

They also have a Flash movie and a site that opens every nav element in a new window…nice.

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